Monday, no running today, as we had serious storms pass through our area. Tornadoes all over the place, some that created devastating damage to some homes just a few miles away. Brick homes, wood siding homes, single story, two story, etc. Flattened. Random paths of destruction. I was fortunate, as were most others, that the worst of the storms basically circumvented the town I live in. We got wind, lotsof rain, and good sized hail, but that was about it. Needless to say, we did not get our afternoon run in. Joseph and I did get in an upper body workout though.
Tuesday, the day started out pretty, the calm after the storm deal I suppose. I actually found bits of debris in my yard that was blown from probably 30 miles away in Louisville, MS where the storm was really bad. Despite the beautiful morning, the forecast was calling for another round of bad weather later that afternoon. Joseph needed a run, so we decided to go early in the afternoon before the weather got bad. After seeing the results from the tornadoes the day before, the university where I work (Mississippi State University) decided it would be prudent to close the university at noon, giving time for folks to get home if needed, and also to not have students walking to and from classes. This allowed me to join Joseph at 2 pm as he did a fartlek run. I paced him on the bike and after he got in a mile plus warmup, he did two sets of 4 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, 3 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, 1 minute hard, 3 minutes easy, then repeat. It was still quite hot when we started, but by the end of the run, temps were dipping and the wind started coming in. Finished up just before the rain came in.
Wednesday, we met Brent, Max, Lucas, and Ravi at 4 pm for a nice run through the campus looping about here and there. Ravi does not always go with us as our “easy” runs are slightly faster than he has been going lately. When I say lately, I mean, when he has time, he move along fine, like sub 4:30 mile type fine. We worked together to keep him with us until he branched off to his apartment complex near the campus. With mile he ran to get to where we started, he got in 5 miles total at about 7:30 pace. So, I guess we were with him about 4 miles, some of which were at a decent pace.
After about another half mile, Lucas and Joseph branched off so they could get in 8 miles. Max, Brent, and I headed back and got in 5.5 miles total at an average pace of 7:14. This time was a little off, because we stopped or slowed briefly a couple of time in our efforts to keep Ravi with the group. Also, as usual, are first mile was slower, about 7:41. But, for example, the 2nd mile was 6:58. The last mile was pretty decent, and especially the final half mile, which was 5:55 pace! Its fun running with these mugs, and the many others I have had the opportunity to run with over the years. One thing they all seem to have in common is being a bunch of silly goobers.
Thursday, Started the day with a few pushups and crunches, but really, it was a feeble effort. Man, I was wiped out. Too many recent late nights getting ready for art shows. Not enough sleep!
Another afternoon run with Brent and Lucas in the afternoon. Robert Morgan his friend Grant Weesner also joined us today. We did our favorite six mile run through campus and town. Pretty day, lots of folks were out running today! Robert and Grant started out with us, and I guess Grant was a bit slower today, so Robert slowed up a bit to run with him. The other three kept the pace the rest of the way slow enough for me to keep up, and we averaged about 7:09 for the six miles, with again the first mile being a bit slower. Nice run!
Following the run, we checked out the MSU Senior graphic design show. Very nice. Lots of folks in attendance too! Followed that with an awesome pasta dinner at City Bagel with Joseph, Brent and Max. I got some spicy crawfish and shrimp pasta. I must admit, it was awesome!
Friday, I did a better upper body/core workout this morn to make up for the crappy one the day before. No running or biking today, as I had lots to dot to get ready for the art exhibition I will be having with Joseph and Laurie Burton on Saturday night. Joseph pretty much took it easy today too, as he wants to be fresh for the Corinth Coke Classic 10k coming up tomorrow!
Saturday, I got up early, like before 5 AM, like 4 AM. Got Joseph up at 5 AM, then 10 minutes later we headed to Corinth, MS for the Coke Classic 10k. A nice 2 hour drive. Big race with good runners. They basically cap the race at 1500 runners. Local awesome running dude Robert Scribner was going too, and with his speed and conditioning, he had an excellent chance of winning. Joseph was hoping to run low 34’s at least, which would fit with what he has been doing training wise. He was pretty tired though, and seemed to have some stomach issue early. I was tired too. Had a hard time sleeping. Oh well. I was not going to run anyway!
Beautiful morn for a race with temps at start time in mid 50’s, but sunny. Not too windy, which was nice. This is a fairly hilly course with lots of turns, so any little thing in the favor of the runner is welcome here. Before the race we ran into our bud Ian Prester! Man, that dude is always happy! Ian ended up with 4th place in the 20-24 male age group!
Right before the race we ran into Robert Scribner who was doing some strides, looking good! A couple of Kenyans were there as well, looking for prize money! In this race, the top five male and female, top masters, top grandmasters, and even the top 3 in each age group about 25 get cash awards (provided they are eligible to receive cash awards-no money for Joseph, obviously).
Anyway, the race got going and then it was a matter of wait and see who came in.
First place ended up going to one of the Kenyans, Patrick Cheptoek, at 30:10, then 2nd to Robert Scribner at 30:42, 3rd to the other Kenyan dude, Joseph Chebet, 31:17, then a good bit back at 35:06 was Joseph in 4th place. He was followed by Jim Brown of Tupelo in 5th place at 35:28 or maybe Bo Boatner, who’s chip time was 35:23, but who finished later. They ended giving the Masters Award to Bo anyway, since he is old and stuff. So, Jim was the fifth one way or another! Top five finish for Joseph was great. Nice. This was a sucky time for Joseph who has been doing tempos and even long runs this year faster than this at times, but, even so, 4th place. He was basically in no-mans land the entire race running between three elites and the rest of the 1500 runners. I would and he would have liked a better time though, even though there is no way he would have improved his place in the race. Also, as slow as this was for him, it was still good enough to break the MS 17 year old 10 record. So, now he has the 10k records for ages 15, 16, and 17! Cool. Next week we will be at another nice 10k race in Tupelo, MS where hopefully he can improve on this time. This was his first 10k since the Gumtree race last May when he ran a 34:40.